Morocco / England: A Progressive Moment For All Animals In Africa ?

 

Report of new work – 21/12/17.

Today we have been working with our good friend Amal in Morocco and also with our good friends at CIWF in London here in England.

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

 

Amal is associated with S/G Rapad Maroc (Morocco) and is the Anaw & Paawa Representative for the North Africa Region.

There are lots of important things going on in Morocco at the moment regarding food production and animal welfare.

Amal goes to an important meeting in Rabat on the 27th of December, in order to work with Moroccan national partners and ONSSA (National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products), on the elaboration of a steering committee. It is certain that this is the first time such discussion will take place in Morocco.

Amal says:

‘According to our approach and in view of the changes taking place within the AU, with the return of Morocco, our country becomes a reference of economic development with regard to the Francophone African countries. Outside the model Plan Maroc Vert (Plan Green Morocco), is already exported in some African countries, with the so-called 3A strategy (Africa Adaptation Agriculture). If we improve this strategy and implement it in Morocco, other African countries will certainly follow.

We must lobby, those who will be future lobbyists, the state’.

So, with this in mind we immediately contacted CIWF (London) to ask if they could become involved with us and give support to Amal.  As CIWF is so very experienced with all issues relating to farm animal welfare and food production this is an ideal chance to make a difference from the start.

Dr Nick (Head of Policy)  from CIWF has immediately offered help and support to Amal – especially as he was at the UNEP conference in Nairobi only last month.

Nick says to Amal:

‘We entirely understand that many developing countries face similar issues of encouraging agricultural development that does not simply duplicate the intensive farming model and more and more meat consumption which some developed countries have used and instead looks at sustainable models based on moderate meat consumption and a varied diet. It’s encouraging to see the interest in a well-considered development model, taking into account both human and animal welfare and preserving the natural resources of the Mahgreb’..

We then undertook a translation from French to English for Amal regarding better public policy on the safety in foodstuffs.  Good animal welfare is obviously a major factor in this.

 

The report can be read here:

ELABORATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADVOCACY

A BETTER PUBLIC POLICY ON

SAFETY IN FOODSTUFFS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN

(Scoping Note V1)

CONTEXT

 

Human nutrition is of particular importance because it is a source of life for all human beings, regardless of their gender or age, in all regions of the world. To play its full role, it must be part of the sustainability of natural resources, especially animal and plant biodiversity, terrestrial and marine; it must also be quantitative and of a qualitative nature.

To this end, the international community, under the supervision of the specialized organs of the United Nations, has taken many steps in the form of multilateral agreements and conventions or strategy proposals. It is not without interest to emphasize that the cultural aspect of food has not escaped the international community since UNESCO is fully involved.

Morocco, as part of this global approach, has also made many provisions, which can be highlighted in particular the Framework Law and the National Strategy for Sustainable Development as well as the plan for agricultural development Plan Green Morocco, including several sectors including the of breeding. The same goes for the industrial acceleration plan and the Public Health Plan.

 

It should be noted that in the context of its activities, Morocco attaches great importance to cooperation with the African continent, with which it proposes to share its agricultural experience, particularly through the 3A program (Adaptation Agriculture Africa).

It is in this global context that Moroccan NGOs, especially the Rapad Morocco and the Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development, aware of their role prescribed in the Participatory Democracy clause enshrined in the 2011 constitution, have taken the initiative to launch a national debate aimed at contributing to the development of an advocacy platform for a better public policy on safe and healthy food for all.

 

THE PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES

Four observations, observable both in the world and in Morocco, are at the origin of the genesis of the project:

i / The first relates to the agricultural production modes marked by the degradation and the exhaustion of all the natural resources: Biodiversity, land, water etc …

ii / The second is the threat to food security, which has become increasingly important because of population growth and consumption patterns marked by both quality requirements and waste;

iii / The third is the worsening of the threat to food security, especially in poor countries, for a number of reasons, including only climate change,

iv / The fourth and final finding is the complexity the issue of food security involving many stakeholders and several variables.

 

These findings dictated the basic principles and pillars on which the objectives of the proposed project will be based:

Objective 1: As the problem is rather complex, the project will follow a progressive approach. If the development of a global platform, encompassing plants and all terrestrial and marine animal species, remains the long-term goal, the first step of this project will focus on domestic animals only. breeding in Morocco (cattle, sheep, goats, camels, chickens). On the other hand, the project will cover the entire sector, starting from production and arriving at consumption.

Objective 2: At the level of production, the project will focus on the living conditions of animals ensuring their well-being as defined at the international and national levels (food, shelter, care, etc ..) and allowing them to ensure the optimization of the economic profitability of the company. Particular attention will be given to the impact of climate change on the livestock sector so that it can adapt as well as possible and contribute the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions. 

-3rd Objective: At the processing level, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that animals suffer as little as possible during transport and slaughter. Special attention is required to ensure that all animals pass through approved slaughterhouses, that regulatory hygiene conditions are ensured and that slaughterhouses operate in a circular economy mode.

Objective 4: We know that the consumption of meat is a pillar of the food habits of Moroccan food consumption and even a sign of wealth. It seems that some people consume too much and others not enough. It is high time that specialists (Doctors, nutritionists, sociologists, etc.) look into this issue to come out with a diagnosis, a strategy and a scientifically established action plan. It should be stressed that the fight against waste must, at this level, be of great importance.

TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT

-The institutions: While the action of the Ministerial Department for Agriculture remains predominant, it is clear that the actors remain marginalized while they can bring a great added value to the sector. In particular, the territorial communities, the NGOs, the promoters of the SMEs, etc … The improvement of the governance of the sector and its performance imperatively require the establishment of mechanisms of deconcentration, decentralization and concerted and inclusive participation. of all the actors concerned. -The economic and financial instruments: The farmers certainly benefit from subsidies granted by the Ministry of Agriculture; but much remains to be done so that small farmers can benefit, that the constraints they meet in terms of financing are lifted and that they derive the maximum benefit from the conditions of sale of their products.

-Technology: It is obvious that technology is the basis of the success of any project in order to achieve the economic objectives set. The margin of progress is still quite important in Morocco in the field of breeding and production of all products of animal origin, the proposed project sets as a priority to focus on the aspects of scientific research, training and popularization of all successful techniques and all successful experiences. Demonstrative pilot projects can be set up.

Legislation and regulation: As mentioned above, nutrition is of great importance in terms of quality. An effort has been made in the area of ​​legislation and regulation to monitor product quality at both the production and consumption levels. This legislative and regulatory arsenal needs to be completed or updated, but above all it needs to be put in place in good conditions. The project will work in this direction.

 

-Technology: It is obvious that technology is the basis of the success of any project in order to achieve the economic objectives set. The margin of progress is still quite important in Morocco in the field of breeding and production of all products of animal origin, the proposed project sets as a priority to focus on the aspects of scientific research, training and popularization of all successful techniques and all successful experiences. Demonstrative pilot projects can be set up.

Legislation and regulation: As mentioned above, nutrition is of great importance in terms of quality. An effort has been made in the area of ​​legislation and regulation to monitor product quality at both the production and consumption levels. This legislative and regulatory arsenal needs to be completed or updated, but above all it needs to be put in place in good conditions. The project will work in this direction.

 

ORGANIZATION OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT –

A hard core of project leaders already exists, it consists mainly of Rapad Morocco and Ribat AlFath. -Several other actors, at the national and international levels, have already shown their support. -A meeting will soon be organized to refine the project and complete it by the staff to ensure its implementation, by the division of tasks between its members and by the establishment of a timeline and a monitoring mechanism / Evaluation. -Once the project is finalized, it will be submitted for enrichment and validation during an international symposium in which the African partners will participate.                A.Bennis

The 23/11/2017

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Being animal welfare organisations; both us and CIWF are committed to improving the welfare of all animals at all times – their life on the farm; a reduction to a minimum the time they undergo live transport; and also ensuring that if and when they are slaughtered; this is done in the most stress free and best conditions for the animal that is possible.  We are very aware that ritual type slaughter is undertaken in many parts of Africa at present; but we hope that by setting new and up to date standards within Morocco; this approach and policy will then spread to other nations on the African continent.

Our friends, headed by Lesley at ‘Eyes on Animals’ (EoA) – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/   in the Netherlands have very recently undertaken investigations into animal slaughter in Ghana, Africa.  EoA have for the first time supplied captive bolt pistols to slaughterhouses in Ghana to ensure that animals are fully stunned prior to the slaughter process rather than having their throats cut whilst still fully conscious.

Here is a link to the EoA Press Release on this particular issue:

https://www.eyesonanimals.com/cape-coast-campus-slaughterhouse-now-renders-animals-unconscious-before-slaughter-ghana/

The situation will be very new for Morocco, so care needs to be taken at meetings in Morocco not to be too pushy to block any negotiations. Diplomacy is paramount.

At the moment it is impossible to discuss veganism and vegetarianism, and the authorities there do not really have any regard for the welfare of animals, let alone meat free diets.  A step by step; gradual movement, is the correct way to approach this subject.  We have to keep the thought in our heads that generally in Morocco, the population look at the prices of meat most importantly rather than the welfare of the animals that it (the meat) comes from.

Currently, this view is stronger than our attitudes; but over time and with careful diplomacy; some of our views and methods associated with animal farming, transport and slaughter  may get accepted as the norm; and importantly, then spread to other areas of Africa.  This is also the view of Amal; and can only be good news for animals with regard future practices.

One Response

  1. One question is frilling in my head since months: what does it take to a human to start thinking about leaving the meat consumption, becoming a vegetarian or vegan?
    Does it have to deal with culture? With consciuousness? With vibratory level of the Mind?
    I guess is more complicated that what it’s apears… it has to be something growing from deep inside, tied to the roots of parenthood and cultural instruction…
    But for sure one statements is paramount: if humanity doesn’t stop (over) eating flesh, we are doomed.
    And this is the outermost need to express it, even in Morocco, and even if you think “it is impossible to discuss veganism and vegetarianism, and the authorities there do not really have any regard for the welfare of animals, let alone meat free diets”.
    Best wishes in the name of freedom for the sentient beings we call “animals”…
    Claudine Giovannoni

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